A book that explores some 2,500 years of literature - Deepstash

A book that explores some 2,500 years of literature

This post is about a book that explores some 2,500 years of literature in less than 250 pages to establish an aphorism theory. From Confucius to Heraclitus, from the Gospel (apocryphal) of Thomas to Erasmus, Bacon, Pascal, Nietzsche up to, nothing less than, to Twitter, to Zengo (in Japanese "progressive enlightenment") and Sutra (the speeches of the Buddha)

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A Short Saying

Hui defines it as "a short saying that requires interpretation" and distinguishes it from related genres such as proverbs, maxims and epigrams. While proverbs and sayings are "near the trivial extreme" and "easy to understand" (eg, "Absence makes the heart grow fonder"), maxims and epigrams are "somewhere in between", containing "an acute synthesis" (eg "An almost universal fault of lovers is not understanding when they are most loved").

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Horizon

But what is an "aphorism"? 

The root of the word is the same as "horizon". The Greek verb "horizo" means "to delimit". Horizon is originally the circle that opens to the eye. 

Francesco da Buti, Dante's fourteenth-century commentator, offers us a precise definition: "The horizon is the terminative circle of our view". 

No less precise is Italian Poet Tasso in the "Created World": "What human sight ended / in the dark and lucid borders/horizon was said".

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A Hidden Purpose

Aphorisms, on the other hand, have a "philosophical or theological" and "more hidden" purpose. The best aphorisms admit an infinity of interpretations, a hermeneutic inexhaustibility. "Therefore, what is said" requires interpretation "which must be understood along precise lines bearing in mind that the aphorism offers the maximum condensation and promises an infinity of meaning ( "infinite" is the favorite word in this book.) But the shorter the aphorism, the longer it takes to understand it.

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Influencing consumers

Near the end of the year, attempts to influence consumer behavior abounds with ways to "improve yourself" in the new year. They remind the consumer that you're still the same imperfect person they've always been.

The commodification of inadequacy is clear: You have some work you should be doing, and these companies have some related products to help you realize your goal.

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—STEVE JOBS

When you grow up, you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family life, have fun, save money. That’s a very LIMITED LIFE. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact. THAT IS—EVERYTHING AROUND YOU THAT YOU CALL LIFE WAS MADE UP BY PEOPLE NO SMARTER THAN YOU. And you can change it. You can influence it. . . . Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.

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I've added all the essential exercises mentioned in the book in the stash below. These mindful exercises and certain questions which you can ask yourself are indeed a gem and definitely must be included in your existing mindfulness practice or journaling habit for a more enhanced overall development. A ONE-STOP SOLUTION INDEED!

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A new Patroclus

This feeling was different. I found myself grinning until my cheeks hurt, my scalp prickling till I thought it might lift off my head. My tongue ran away from me, giddy with freedom. This, and this, and this, I said to him. I did not have to fear that I spoke too much. I did not have to worry that I was too slender, or too slow. This and this and this! I taught him how to skip stones, and he taught me how to carve wood. I could feel every nerve in my body, every brush of air against my skin.

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